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Chair: Michael Casey

Professors M. Casey, T. C. Levin, M. P. O’Neal, S. Pinkas; Associate Pro-fessors K. Dong, L. Polansky, W. J. Summers, S. R. Swayne; Assistant Professor D. P. Casal; Senior Lecturers T. E. Atherton, N. V. Boyer, L. G. Burkot, M. L. Cassidy, J. Diamond, T. C. Haunton, G. M. Hayes, E. C. Mellinger, J. D. Muratore, D. R. Newsam, A. Ogle, J. E. Polk, A. F. Princiotti; Lecturers D. J. Baldini, E. Carroll, R. P. Duff, J. Dunlop, F. L. Haas, J. Halloran, D. F. Perkins, S. Topel; Adjunct Associate Professor H. F. Shabazz; Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow S. Ayyagari.

Directors of Hopkins Center performing organizations: R. P. Duff, Conduc-tor, Handel Society and Dartmouth Chamber Singers; L. G. Burkot Jr., Conductor, Dartmouth College Glee Club; A. F. Princiotti, Conductor, Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra; D. M. Glasgo, Director, Barbary Coast Jazz Ensemble; H. F. Shabazz, Director, World Music Percussion Ensemble; M. M. Marsit, Director, Dartmouth Wind Symphony and Advisor, Dartmouth College Marching Band; W. L. Cunningham, Director, Dartmouth College Gospel Choir.


Prerequisite: Music 20 (unless exempted by a grade of 5 on the AP Music Theory exam, or by an equivalent exam administered by the Music Department).


1. Music 21, 22, 23 (core sequence).

2. Seven additional courses, of which five or more must be numbered 24 or above, including at least one course in the Music Department’s Individual Instruction Program (Music 53-58) and one course that represents the Non-Western Cultures category within the World Cultures Requirement (in the present year, these courses include Music 4, 45, 50 (section 4), and 51.

N.B. Music 1 and Music 7 may not be used to fulfill the elective requirement. Courses in the Individual Instruction Program (Music 53-58) and Music Performance Laboratory Program (Music 50) may collectively fill no more than three of the seven elective slots that comprise the major. Students who wish to enroll in additional terms of Individual Instruction or Performance Laboratory are welcome to do so, but these terms may not be counted toward the major.

3. Culminating Experience: participation in the Music Department colloquium series during the senior year.

4. Demonstration of proficiency on keyboard instruments either by enrollment through audition in Music 53 (individual piano lessons) or by passing a keyboard proficiency exam administered by the department. Students who do not intend to enroll in Music 53 are expected to pass the keyboard proficiency exam no later than the end of the term in which they complete Music 23*or Spring term of their third year, whichever comes first”.


Prerequisite: Music 20.

Required courses: Six music courses exclusive of the prerequisite, together with four courses from another department. The six music courses must include at least one course from the core sequence (Music 21, 22, 23) and one course involving musical performance or composition.


Same as major requirements except with three additional courses beyond the core sequence.


In the Department of Music, the Honors thesis requirement (Music 88) may be fulfilled by any of the following:

1) An Honors thesis.

2) A recital and supporting paper.

3) A musical composition and supporting paper.

A paper submitted in support of a performance or a composition should be regarded as the equivalent of a term paper, with an analytical, historical, or interpretive focus related to the performance or composition. An Honors thesis should demonstrate a high standard of analytical and research skills. The student is responsible for obtaining the Department’s honors guidelines and meeting all criteria and deadlines.

To qualify for Honors, the student must have at least a 3.3 grade average in Music, in addition to the college G.P.A. requirement.


Offered every year, the Music Foreign Study Program provides a unique opportunity for students to combine the study of music with an intensive exposure to musical performance. The program is open to vocalists, instrumentalists, and composers, as well as to students whose focus is on music history, theory, or ethnomusicology. Enrollment is limited to 16 students. Selection will be based on a student’s interest in music as demonstrated by past study and performance ability.

Prerequisite: Music 20, with Music 21 recommended, plus one music history course. Also, two terms of a Music Department Performance Laboratory (Music 50), or one contract of individual instruction (Music 53-58).



The field of digital music requires knowledge and skills in music, computer science, cognition or neuroscience, engineering or physics, as well as some significant expertise in one or more of these disciplines. In addition to music, graduate students in our program may bring to bear experience in other, widely diverse fields (such as visual art, philosophy, mathematics, etc.). Candidates for admission to the Master of Arts program typically hold one of the following degrees, together with relevant experience:

(a) Music: A bachelor’s degree in music or equivalent experience and demonstrated accomplishment in musical composition and/or performance.

(b) Computer Science: A bachelor’s degree in computer science or equivalent experience. This might include knowledge of applied mathematics, machine learning, or related areas of science and engineering.

(c) Engineering Sciences or Physics: A bachelor’s degree in engineering sciences or physics, or equivalent experience. This could include knowledge of acoustics, digital electronics and microprocessors, techniques of modeling and analyzing systems, or general hardware design.

(d) Music Cognition: Demonstrated knowledge and experience in the field.

(e) Proven excellence or demonstrated potential in some other field, in preparation for advanced work in digital musics.

Regardless of a student’s area of specialization within the program, the requirements for completion of the Master of Arts Degree in Digital Musics include:

1. A minimum of seven terms in residence.

2. Demonstrated experience and expertise on an acoustic musical instrument; an understanding of Western music theory that includes four-part harmony, modulation, and form and analysis; a knowledge of musical styles that includes the music of the world’s peoples, twentieth-century art music, American popular music and traditional Western art music.

3. Enrollment in the Proseminars in Music and Technology (Music 101-105), given each term, for a total of 6 graduate seminars. Students generally take each Proseminar at least once, Composition (Music 104), twice.

4. A number of electives in different disciplines (as well as music), including, but not limited to engineering, psychology, computer science, mathematics and physics.  The electives and the specific courses in computer science and engineering will depend on the student’s background and area of specialization within the program. Electives may be used to remedy deficiencies in mathematics, computer science, engineering, or music. 

5. Directed research (thesis courses). Two courses (Music 138) taken under the joint supervision of a member of the music faculty and a member of another cooperating department.

6. A thesis approved by the student’s graduate committee demonstrating a mastery of the materials in the student’s area of concentration within the program.